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The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy ed. by Knud Haakonssen (review)

The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy ed. by Knud Haakonssen (review) , pp. 305­309 Knud Haakonssen, ed. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp 1407. ISBN 0521418542, cloth, $250. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy is a massive achievement, and in more than one sense. The most obvious is its sheer bulk: two volumes totalling 1400 pages, including over 150 pages of bibliography and index and another 100 pages of biobibliographical appendix. This last item, as its name suggests, provides thumbnail biographies of all the main figures referred to in the volumes together with a list of all their main publications with publication dates and also a short list of main secondary sources--and so can be expected to be a lifesaver for harassed scholars desperately trying to track down a missing reference. It is also a pleasure to record that, in an age when production standards often slip disastrously low, these are volumes built to last, with a high standard of proofreading as well. (I found only three typographical errors, and only one of those--"skepticism" instead of "rationalism" (419)--produced an errant meaning.) The main sense in which this is a massive achievement concerns, of course, the contents themselves. Knud Haakonssen has done an outstanding http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hume Studies Hume Society

The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy ed. by Knud Haakonssen (review)

Hume Studies , Volume 40 (2) – Sep 29, 2014

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, pp. 305­309 Knud Haakonssen, ed. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp 1407. ISBN 0521418542, cloth, $250. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy is a massive achievement, and in more than one sense. The most obvious is its sheer bulk: two volumes totalling 1400 pages, including over 150 pages of bibliography and index and another 100 pages of biobibliographical appendix. This last item, as its name suggests, provides thumbnail biographies of all the main figures referred to in the volumes together with a list of all their main publications with publication dates and also a short list of main secondary sources--and so can be expected to be a lifesaver for harassed scholars desperately trying to track down a missing reference. It is also a pleasure to record that, in an age when production standards often slip disastrously low, these are volumes built to last, with a high standard of proofreading as well. (I found only three typographical errors, and only one of those--"skepticism" instead of "rationalism" (419)--produced an errant meaning.) The main sense in which this is a massive achievement concerns, of course, the contents themselves. Knud Haakonssen has done an outstanding

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